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In Memory of

Stephen W. Pranger

December 13, 1946 - May 14, 2017

Obituary


Stephen Wade Pranger passed away at his home in Seattle, WA on Sunday, May 14, 2017 surrounded by family.



He was 70 years old, born on December 13, 1946 in Honolulu, HI to Richard E Pranger and Alice Kapio Sinclair Pranger. He came to the mainland with his parents and siblings in 1951 when he was only 4 years old, growing up in Auburn, WA.



He was a loving husband to his wife Catherine for 42 years. Together they raised their family in Ballard, WA. Stephen was a caring and devoted father and...

Stephen Wade Pranger passed away at his home in Seattle, WA on Sunday, May 14, 2017 surrounded by family.



He was 70 years old, born on December 13, 1946 in Honolulu, HI to Richard E Pranger and Alice Kapio Sinclair Pranger. He came to the mainland with his parents and siblings in 1951 when he was only 4 years old, growing up in Auburn, WA.



He was a loving husband to his wife Catherine for 42 years. Together they raised their family in Ballard, WA. Stephen was a caring and devoted father and grandfather of four children and seven grandchildren, always putting their needs and wants before his own. He loved family get-togethers and watching the children play in his big back yard. He loved it when people would come over and visit and welcomed all who walked through his door.



He was a hard-working member of UA Local 32 Union since 1975, and retired from University Mechanical in 2006 after 28 years of service. He started at Universal Mechanical as a journeyman plumber and quickly worked his way up to Superintendent. He oversaw and managed several major and prestigious projects that he was very proud of, including Seattle's Columbia Tower and the St Regis Princeville Resort on the island of Kauai, HI. He worked on Kauai for over two years enjoying the pleasures of his homeland heritage and family while he was there. He was a highly respected leader, a trusted employee and friend to all he worked with.



He found joy in several hobbies and interests, including fishing, classic cars, camping, weight lifting and just tooling around in the garage. He loved launching his boat out at Shilshole to fish in the Puget Sound and brought home plenty of fresh salmon to enjoy with the family. He restored old classic cars and proudly displayed them at car shows throughout Washington State.



Stephen was preceded in death by his brother Roger Pranger, his sister, Sydney Bechtold, his father Richard Pranger, and his mother Alice Pranger. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Hayes Pranger, two daughters, Kari Graham, his son-in-law Jeff and Dana Pranger, and two sons, Stephen Pranger Jr. and Brett Skinner, one brother, Tom Pranger, three sisters, Jacqueline Wetmore, Sharon Ayers and Erlene Smith, Brother-in-law Dallas Hayes and wife Dianna and seven beautiful grandchildren, as well as a wealth of nieces and nephews and extended family. He will be deeply missed by all of his family and a multitude of friends and loved ones both near and far.